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43 Litre Rucksack for one maybe two night camping trip - good idea?

Old 06-21-13, 02:07 PM
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43 Litre Rucksack for one maybe two night camping trip - good idea?

Hi all, new member here

I wasn't sure where to post this thread so I thought here would be a good place, feel free to point me in the right direction if it should be somewhere else.

I've been into walking and camping for a long time but also enjoy off-road cycling. Mainly cycle routes but sometimes I stray off the set path and go my own way. Not having a lot of time to spare (or cash!) I've been looking in to doing a micro-adventure where I just cycle off, wild camp for a night then cycle back home. I haven't got a pannier rack but I do have a 43 Litre rucksack with great back breathabillity. I was just wondering if this is a sensible idea or not, whether i'd regret it and if anyone has had any experience of this.

All help much appreciated

P.S. for those interested the bag is this one: https://store.berghaus.com/p/day-sack...ucksack/434549

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The downsides for any pack is that the weight is high and you lose a considerable amount of cooling. It is also mounted to you, so the straps can become uncomfortable.

That said you have at least selected a good quality pack that is unlikely to shift.

I would strongly suggest trying the pack on a short trip first and building up. If it is annoying after 5 miles it will be hell after 30. (But that it is annoying today after 5 miles does not mean that it will still be so after working up to 15 miles with it every weekend for a while).

I would avoid any overly technical trails and take it easy when riding with a pack, But I'd say it is quite workable overall.
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That's a great idea to start off doing a shorter trip, I'm surprised I didn't think of that one before!

Thanks for the advice

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I'd be more concerned about weight than volume and the general guideline is: If you could comfortably backpack with it all day then it won't be any more difficult on a bicycle.

Just don't expect it to be lots easier - you'll still be carrying that thing!
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Yeah. It's certainly doable, but far from ideal. With it on your back, you (your butt, legs, arms, hands) are supporting the weight. Imagine standing to pedal up a hill with the pack on. Having the bike or a trailer support the weight is a much better option. Then you're only providing the power propel it.
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